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Supreme Court Expands Lawsuit Protections for Multinational Firms

The Washington Post (1/15, Barnes, 4.28M) reports that the Supreme Court on Tuesday “extended protection for foreign companies from lawsuits in the United States over conduct that took place in other countries.” The court dismissed a California case “that sought damages from Germany-based Daimler AG for its alleged complicity in atrocities committed in Argentina’s ‘Dirty War’ against leftists […]

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Another Florida Jury Awards Smoker $5M In Suit Against Philip Morris

Most people think that the tobacco litigation ended with the settlement reached in the States Attorneys’ General case against Big’ Tobacco. Yet, in Florida and to a lesser extent elsewhere, the battles against Big tobacco continue. It is ironic that Florida, a target tort reformed state, is the epicenter for these cases.  Of course the primary […]

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Attorney General’s Lawsuit Not Stopped by Federal Class Action Fairness Act

The Wall Street Journal (1/15, Kendall, 5.91M) reports that the Supreme Court on Tuesday held that lawsuits by state attorneys general seeking damages for alleged corporate wrongdoing are not limited by the Federal Class Action Fairness Act. In the type of lawsuit known as a parens patriae action, a state attorney general sues a firm for damages or penalties […]

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California Gets 1.5 Billion to Help Remove Lead Paint from Houses

A California judge on Tuesday ordered Sherwin-Williams Co., NL Industries Inc. and ConAgra Grocery Products LLC to pay $1.15 billion to fund a government-run program to address health risks posed by lead paint in California homes. The final settlement ordered by California Superior Court Judge James Kleinberg replaces the tentative order issued last month and increases the amount […]

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Only the Good Die Young – Unless You’re in New Mexico

  When Jack Kevorkian went to jail in 1999 for second-degree murder, not everyone was happy. His advocacy for a patient’s right to end his or her own life was both unwavering and riddled with controversy: not all of his patients were terminally ill, “they” said (whoever “they” were, that is), and assisting anyone in […]

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Victims of Fungal Meningitis Outbreak Have One Week to File for Claims

  The Tennessean (1/7, Roche, 417K) reports people affected by 2012 fungal meningitis outbreak have just “one more week to file claims in the bankruptcy case of a Massachusetts drug compounding firm” that was responsible “for sickening some 751 patients, including 153 who were treated in Tennessee.” The paper says lawyers for victims said in a statement […]

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